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How To: Install a CPU Water Block

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**This is taken from the big water cooling guide we're putting together at the moment

Installing the CPU Block - EK Supreme

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Here we have an Intel socket 775 motherboard - Asus P5K


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Push the M4 bolts through from the underside of the motherboard, ensure you fit the metal washers FIRST and then the paper washers, this keeps the metal washers from making contact with the PCB.

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Tighten up the M4 nuts, ensure the paper washers are in place to avoid any possible short circuits

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Apply TIM to waterblock - see this thread for application methods
http://forum.waterco...read.php?t=1692

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Push the springs onto the bolts and screw down with the thumbnuts.

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Note: Use of a backplate is recommended, it helps prevent the mounting hardware from warping the motherboard and provides the CPU block with better surface contact.

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as marcus said using a backplate is definately recommended.

even using the backplate warping can still happen, so be careful.

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Would it not be better to lock the how to's so it don't clutter it up



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I'm finding that the screws which hold the top plate to the copper base stick out too much at the bottom and rest on the CPU bracket housing, thus preventing good contact with the copper base and the CPU. :(

I guess I have couple of options, grind the screws (may not then be easy to remove in future) or put 2 or 3 washers at the top. Given that it was sealed when it arrived I'm not keen to remove the screws. Any advice?

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Which block are you installing? I've never had a problem installing a waterblock :P

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Its the same block as in this thread, an EK supreme, my m/b is an asus with identical CPU housing to the one in this thread as well. The screws must just be too long in my case. I can see 5 threads exposed at the bottom, so much so that if placed it flat down it would be resting on the four exposed screws, not the copper base.

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I didn't experience this problem as I used a retention backplate, why don't you try one of those? available from the WCUK shop. provides better contact with CPU aswell!

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I have the backplate but my problem is the screws in the block itself, not the parts that fasten the block to the board. If others are experiencing the same as me then their CPUs won't last very long as the copper base of the block simply isn't touching the CPU no matter how tight you fasten it - this is simply as those screws coming out of the bottom of the block are resting against the CPU housing.

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Get a photo of your block uploaded, it'll help loads. :)

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I'm very new to this forum so not that great at adding pics but I believe this link should illustrate the problem. Essentially the four black screws that hold the block to the copper base are sticking out too much. Apologies if I've not described this clearly enough before. Many thanks.

Edited by Bentleya, 22 March 2010 - 07:43 PM.
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that's a Quality control problem mate, might want to RMA that.




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